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Monday 24 February 2020

Bristol Hifi Show 2020 - Highly Commended Award - Wharfedale and Audiolab

I was really looking forward to Wharfedale's newly launched Elysian range at Bristol - their move significantly up market.  The static large standmount on display shows the finish is both an interesting shape and extremely well executed - from that aspect alone they're very impressive.

The 85th Anniversay Lintons were being demonstrated and you can read thoughts about them from the 2019 show on this blog.  So of much more interest were the (also newly launched) top of the range Evo4.4 floor stander, retailing at just under £1200.  On the face of it this is a lot of speaker for that money - the AMT tweeter and dome mid range drivers are typically not budget units.  Partnered with Audiolab's equally VFM 6000 series electronics this system did a fine job of filling this largish room with style. And music. There was lots to admire here at this price level, trouncing some much more expensive systems. I wish I'd had more time to spend with this system.

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